A total of 200 major grain-producing Chinese counties will pilot agricultural disaster insurance this year and next year to improve their ability to counter natural disasters, according to the Ministry of Finance…Full Article: ECNS.cn May 2017

Key Point

  • According to the Ministry of Finance, the pilot agricultural disaster insurance program will primarily cover rice, wheat, and corn crops in 200 counties located in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Henan, Shandong, Anhui, and Hubei (among others).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2017, China’s State Council decided to establish an agriculture insurance pilot program in 13 major grain-producing provinces such as Anhui and Hubei. The government-backed insurance would financially protect farmers from natural disasters.
  • In December 2016, Alibaba’s Ant Financial became the second largest shareholder in China’s CFPA Microfinance Management Company. Ant Financial will also set up a joint-venture with China United Insurance Holding that will support the country’s agriculture sector.
  • In March 2015, it was reported that agricultural insurance covered 69% of corn and rice crops, and 49% of wheat crops in China.
  • In 2013, China’s Ministry of Finance allocated CNY 12.69 billion (~US$2.04 billion) on agricultural insurance subsidies.
  • In March 2013, China had roughly 20 agricultural insurance service providers. Previously, this number had been as low as six companies.
  • In 2012, China’s agricultural insurance premiums totaled CNY 24.1 billion (US$3.87 billion).
  • From 2007 (year of initial pilot) to 2011, the Chinese government spent CNY 26.4 billion (US$423 million) on agricultural insurance subsidies for farmers.

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